Julia Webb-Harvey

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Being part of the audience at Strictly Come Dancing

Sticky Post

  2019 update: I’ve made this post sticky as we’re heading into sparkly season. It was written in 2014, and updated in 2015 with hundreds of comments in between. I’m happy to do a 2019 update based on early attendances,… Continue Reading →

26 Trees: how the hawthorn chose me

In the last year of my geography degree, I took a module on palynology (the study of pollen grains in geological deposits). During a field trip to Aran, after standing huddled around our tutor while he drilled out a bore… Continue Reading →

Newquay

Newquay. The Mecca of surfing and of stag and hen dos. Little known to many, it is also second only in the gig racing calendar to The Scillies. Spread over two weekends, Newquay Rowing Club hosts the Men’s and Ladies… Continue Reading →

Big Top Event in Mylor: Liza Sings Streisand

Strange things were happening in Mylor over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. It brought its usual influx of visitors, but also a Big Top to Porloe Farm. Local volunteers worked over the weekend to create the bar, sponsors’ area,… Continue Reading →

What gives life meaning?

The news this morning of Tessa Jowell’s death deeply moved me. Among the many tributes to her, I heard, again, the speech she made to The House of Lords regarding NHS cancer treatment. If you haven’t heard it, or read… Continue Reading →

My London Book Fair – a Newbie’s tale

London Book Fair is insane. It is immense. It is hectic. It is overwhelming. It is for the industry, and in many ways, not for an outsider, like me. Why go? It was a school trip, an invitation to attend… Continue Reading →

Book Review (with a difference): Manhattan Transfer, by John Dos Passos

This is a departure from the way I usually like to review books. It isn’t a review about the story (I’m not even sure how to begin on that one), nor the structure. Rather, it’s what studying Manhattan Transfer has… Continue Reading →

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